Plenary: Item 4. Strategic management, budgetary and administrative questions

Chair: I’d like to start by recalling that in the reconvened session in December 2019 the commission adopted resolution 62/9 budget 2020/2021 for the UN Drug Control Programme. Considering commitment to gender balance and geographic representation in the office. For consideration is the note of the standing open-ended intergovernmental working group on improving work of UNODC. 

Director of Division of Management of UNODC: Item B and D with support of member states and commitment of the UNODC will generate lasting improvement to people’s lives and play a greater role to tearing down barriers to international peace and security and protecting human rights. Executive director is looking into a longer term vision for the office and engaging in dialogue with Member States before December 2020. UNODC is engaged in UN Development system reform in 85 countries and membership states of >150. UNODC contributes to over 10 countries and feeds into common country analysis. In order to better support its engagement in the development system reform framework UNODC implement more capacity in its negotiations, partnering and development, and allows UNODC to deploy staff to NY, Haiti, Mozambique etc. allowing them to engage in the regional offices of the sustainable development group. Whilst successful in establishing beyond the time frame, the surge capacity has enabled us to reinforce presence in the key thematic areas of counter terrorism and migraiton. We are involved in rolling out certain initiatives such as more back offices, improved premices. Under the lead of department of management strategy, policy and compliance we are consolidating the benefits of the new accountability framework. Together with the business transformation team we are working towards improving business data and increasing agility, effectiveness and efficiency for managers and better admin structure. Under the lead of the department of operational support we are reviewing delivery partners. We aim to make processes more agile and responsive to people’s needs. UNODC is reviewing its funding model and the way it appropriates funding sources. We are cognizant of the need to engage with member states at the early stages. UNODC appreciates strong donor confidence in our work, including strong projection. UNODCs portfolio continues to expand as we meet member states requests. UNODC reached delivery of $15milion. UNODC continues a persistent deterioration in general income. UNODC will continue the active dialogue with members tates to increase core contributions and soft ear marking. Member states have committed to bring core resources to a level of at least 30% . UNODC would like to thank all donors for their continued confidence and support. The cash flow crisis in the regular budget is a concern. The annual budget for the UNODC is being finalised. UNODC discussed a draft of this document with members states in december 2020. UNODC continues to be engaged in the development of the voluntary contribution model. In December 2019 the implementation management model was rolled and being deployed to all UNODC field offices. Agenda D, staff composition of UNODC and other related matters. UNODC continues to promote gender parity and geographic representation of its staff. In support of the implementation of the UNODC strategy for gender equality and empowerment of women as well as enabling a better work environment the office follows target activities. UNODC aims for balanced geographical staff representation. THE UNODC geography action plan is the key priority of the office. The activity to ensure recruitment of a diverse pool of candidates esp. among the professional categories continues. With regard to prohibited conduct in CND resolution 61/2 UNODC carried out a independent review end of 2019 assessing existing practices and policies that prohibit inclusivity in the workplace (and access). In implementing these proposals and recommendations we have just completed an important part of these activities, including a code of conduct to prevent sexual harassment at UN system events, which will be part of the drive to culturual change to prevent sexual harrassment. 

Chair: Work of the standing intergovernmental working group on the UNODC. Directives on working methods of the commision D staff composition of the UNODC. While recognising issues in agenda item 4 are quite closely linked and difficult to address separately. 

Co-Chair of FINGOV: On the tasks of the standin open ended working group to improve the UNODC. The information is included in the document. The report covers the working groups of December 2019 in formal consultation dealt with the consolidated budget and the proposed budget for 2021. We’ve already had two additional meetings in January 2020, examining and adopting the session of the FINGOV group. During the meeting the working group continued to examine its usual subjects notable the management and development system reform, human resources, the mainstreaming of  a gender perspective and new or ongoing regional programmes on technical assistance. After 10 years since the establishment of the FINGOV group it continues to be an essential mechanism as it enhances transparency and the accountability of the UNODC and enables a constructive dialogue between member states and UNODC. We hope this dynamism of member states will continue to contribute to the good work of the working group.

USA: We continue to believe that UNODC provides support to MS. We contribute to UNODC’s initiatives. Our funds must be administered in an open and transparent manner. We welcome the work of FINGOV. It’s an important tool in fostering transparency and has a vital role to play. We have concerns on transparency on the use of funds at headquarters. UNODC field offices must be well integrated with UN regional offices around the world. Headquarters (HQ) of UN agencies need to provide guidance and oversight on the work of their field officers. We hope UNODC achieves 50-50 gender parity.

Jamaica: We appreciate the open-ended working group FINGOV. We commend UNODC efforts to contribute to wider UN systems. Efforts in generating new funds has been successful. Decline in un earmarked funds is an obstacle. We call on donors to contribute flexible funds. We also hope the UNODC achieves 50-50 gender parity – but there is lack of geographical representation. Tables 10 & 12 that representation at subregional level is not up to par. Please give due regard to subregional representation. We have had a very collaborative relationship with UNODC and many of its programs. We have been the recipient of UNODC technical assistance. We look forward to strengthening collaboration with UNDOC.

Japan: We recognise the world drug problem. We need to accelerate commitment to tackle world drug problem. UNODC has expertise in the field. We provided $26 million to UNODC this year. We are firmly committed to meeting the goals of 2019 MD. Our expectations for UNODC need efficient and transparent management of funds. Necessity to be realistic in budget. Japan wish to welcome continued effort to ensure transparency and accountability in UN system. We request you continue efforts in dialogue with member states. Close coordination between HQ and field offices are necessary. We reiterate UNODCs efforts for gender parity and wish to see further efforts. Let me conclude by expressing my confidence in new Executive Director with transparent work.

Brazil: During the last Reconvened of CND and CCPCJ, Member States sent a strong message by approving a clear mandate for action toward the improvement of geographical representation on UNODC staff as well as strengthening its efforts to achieve gender balance. Member States have requested UNODC to continue assessing the implementation by  the Secretariat. Both in HQ and the field. Given the concerning numbers presented by the organisation on geographic representation within the office, we trust the task will be carried with the urgency requested by Member States and look forward to hearing about progress in the future sessions of FINGOV. Working towards geographical representation and gender balance will benefit the organisation, increase diversity, contribute to a better service delivery and to a higher/wider recognition of the reputation of this office as the leading organisation providing assistance and support to Member States in countering drugs and crime and corruption.

Mexico: We wanted to refer to two subjects. The first, and we agree with other delegations, Mexico calls upon CND and all its members, and UNODC itself, to continue to make progress with regard to mainstreaming a gender perspective. We need policies, actions and the Secretariat to respond. We need national strategies. Focusing on women and girls who are affected by the world drug problem. The second issue is agenda item 4c. The Mexican delegation would like to take the opportunity to continue through he work of CND to promote the need for synergies and constant dialogue with other UN bodies and agencies, which today are key to comprehensively tackle the world drug problem. Mexico is pleased to see that this interaction is increasing and we would like CND and UNODC to continue and strengthen these synergies.

China: China acknowledges the efforts of FINGOV, we expect that FINGOV will play an even greater role in assisting the UNODC in efficiently assisting the implementation in the budget and hope they will acknowledge the gender imbalance and underrepresentation of some countries. China proposed more support for East and Southeast Asia, in terms of human and financial resources and technology because of the narcotic drugs crisis in the golden triangle. We hope UNODC will play a more active role in the international control effort and implementations of UNGASS with the three UN conventions as cornerstone 
Switzerland: Speaking in one voice will allow us to be better heard. We call on UNODC as leader of the task team of the common position – Switzerland would appreciate to be regularly informed by the CND for the actions it undertakes. It is necessary to build more bridges between the different UN agencies. The drug policy in Vienna cannot be separate from that of Geneva and New York – we need to bring them closer together. A liaison bureau with a liaison officer will soon be opening in Geneva and we like the idea of a liaison office in Vienna of the WHO and UNHCR. We wait impatiently to see the budget reports that we requested in December. We regret our expectation of better transparency has not been satisfied. We would therefore like to highlight the need for transparency between UNODC and its donors. Switzerland would like a modern, efficient and effective UN, able to deal with complex challenges and this is why we support the secretary-general’s reform programme. We consider management reform the backbone of all necessary reform so the secretary-general programme will be successful, micromanagement by member states must stop. And UNODC must guarantee transparency and accountability to member states. The secretariat is called upon to provide accurate and easily accessible information in a timely way. Switzerland acknowledged UNODC efforts to fight to make a safe and fairer world and Switzerland stands by its side.

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